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Job Title:
Commercial Building Manager

£46,559 - £51,830 per annum plus excellent benefits.

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This process will be used to create a list of eligible candidates for similar positions either indeterminate, term or emergency. This position is a Locally Engaged Staff (LES) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in London.



Canada House, Trafalgar Square SW1

Closing date for applications:
19-01-2022 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the general supervision of the Deputy Management Consular Officer (Property), and with the support of mission staff and contractors, the Commercial Building Manager has overall responsibility for the management of 5 Trafalgar Square and 2-4 Cockspur Street (Square footage - 14,219.5 M2), housing the High Commission of Canada as well as a demised property with a tenant. The Commercial Building Manager manages contracts related to property services, including the overall Property and Facility Management Services (PFMS) contract; provides expert technical advice; oversees all activities related to the management of the Chancery buildings; and identifies, plans and implements projects related to the maintenance, repair, improvement, and modernization of the High Commission buildings. The Commercial Building Manager is also responsible for managing a team of employees and budgets related to the High Commission buildings.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV) how they meet each of these essential qualifications. Only candidates who meet all the Essential Requirements will proceed to the next stage of the process.

● A-Levels or equivalent
● IOSH or Nebosh qualifications or equivalent

● Minimum three years work experience as a non-residential facility or property manager, within the last eight years; hotel facilities management experience is welcome.
● Experience in managing and involving a variety of teams/people, including several complex projects

● Professional written and oral communication in English

Rated Requirements
The Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written or online examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations, psychometric assessment and/or reference checks.

● Knowledge of building systems with a broad general knowledge of civil, structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical and environmental engineering;
● Knowledge of legislation, codes and standards pertaining to Property Engineering & Mechanical Matters in United Kingdom with emphasis on life and fire safety codes and standards.
● Knowledge of property management practices, including maintenance schedules; service records
● Knowledge of project management practices including scope, time, cost, and risk; financial budgeting, planning and forecasting.
● Knowledge of environmental principles and sustainable environmental management practices;
● Knowledge of trends and technologies in building maintenance and property services.
● Knowledge of cleaning services management
● Knowledge of related budgetary management principles

● Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize work.
● Ability to provide technical analysis and evaluation including conducting on-site examination of problems and recommending sound solutions, resolve issues related to clients, scope and price.
● Ability to direct the work of others, including contractors, professionals, etc.
● Ability to write correspondence and reports in a professional manner
● Ability to complete and relay facts related to incidents (damages, etc.)
● Computer skills in Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Project and Power Point)

Personal Suitability
● Client focus
● Initiative and good judgement
● Team-work
● Tact/Discretion

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.

● Possessing a higher national certificate (HNC) qualification in a related trade or discipline, or a bachelor’s degree or higher.
● Membership of a professional institution i.e. MRICS, CEng, MCIBSE, MAPM, CIOB, IMechE or IET or similar;
● Experience in the public sector, an international organisation or a diplomatic mission;
● Experience with SAP;
● Ability to communicate effectively in French both orally and in writing

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
● Must be able to work overtime on short notice on occasion;
● Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e., evenings and weekends);

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Hours of work will be 37.5 per week, worked Monday to Friday at times to be arranged by the supervisor.
• Any job offer is subject to receipt of satisfactory employment and character references and the ability to obtain and maintain a Reliability Status security screening (including a criminal record check and financial check).
• Copies of educational qualifications will be required at the interview stage of the process.
• Successful candidate must have the required documentation allowing the right to work in the UK. Documentation will be required.
• All new hires on or after the effective date of October 6, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment and to attest that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their starting date unless accommodation measures are granted.

Area of selection:
Open to applicants who are legal residents or citizens of the United Kingdom, who hold current documentation allowing them to work in the UK without restriction, who meet all of the essential requirements stated and whose applications are received by the closing date. Candidates holding documentation/visas not renewable in the UK such as the Youth Mobility Visa will not be eligible to apply for this position. The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered based on merit. Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

Important Notes:
How to apply
● Please follow the link and complete the online application form.
● Candidates are also required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French.
● Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
● Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to do so will result in the application being rejected.

Important notes
● The High Commission of Canada in London, UK does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
● The High Commission of Canada does not sponsor work permit applications on behalf of candidates.
● Please do not use a tablet or cell phone to submit your application; mobile browsers are not supported by our on-line portal. Candidates should only apply using a laptop or desktop computer.
● Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French).
● Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
● Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
● Reference checks may be sought for candidates that reach the interview stage and will form part of the selection process.
● The results of this recruitment process may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar openings at the High Commission of Canada in London, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process, with various tenures, including indeterminate or term.
● Applications from Canadian citizens - it is important to note, The High Commission of Canada is obliged, as the employer, to deduct at source Canadian Income Tax (IT), Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) for locally engaged employees who are Canadian citizens. Canadian citizens who therefore choose to undertake employment with the High Commission will be subject to pay Canadian taxes on their salaries earnt until such time as the employee provides the necessary Residency Determination Waivers from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). Further information will be provided to successful candidates.
● The High Commission of Canada is committed to building a diverse workforce.
● The High Commission of Canada is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.
● Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
● If you have any questions at any stage of the recruitment process, please send an email to:

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